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About This Site

Hello, I’m Kim Crow. I am a freelance dramaturg from Portland, Oregon. My local dramaturgy credits include Valparaiso at Theatre Vertigo and The Listener at the 2006 JAW/West Festival. I am a member of the LMDA and the Portland Dramaturgy Cabal. I have also worked as the Assistant Production Manager/Company Manager at The Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. Professionally, I am interested in the role of the dramaturg as producer and dramaturg as arts advocate. I hope to develop these interests as a leader in theatre and cultural policy initiatives.

This page currently reflects my work on the Portland Center Stage productions of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare & The Beard of Avon by Amy Freed. Visit the Portland Center Stage website to learn more about these productions and to purchase tickets. I hope you will check the site frequently to peruse dramaturgical material or to read the Dramaturg’s Production Notebook.

The Upstart Dramaturg is an experiment of sorts. I wanted to establish a more dynamic and interactive approach to my dramaturgy. I hope this site will engage collaborators and prospective audience members by providing a visible and accessible platform for the capacities of the dramaturg. I will consider the experiment a success if this site creates an opportunity for dialogue about the productions I examine here.

Yes, I realize that the name “Upstart Dramaturg” is quite presumptuous. It was inspired by and adapted from a line in Amy Freed’s The Beard of Avon. For me, it conjures a sense of my identity as a dramaturg and my affection for my surname. I also hope it gives a nod of gratitude to the original Upstart Crow, Mr. Shakespeare.


1. mrmead - December 3, 2007

Oy, now I see belatedly I should have left my first comment here, instead of graffitying your lovely first salvo. That coffee we’re having soon is my treat!

2. Steve Coley - August 11, 2008

Dear Kim,

I’m at an end here!

You, Mark Anderson and Wikipedia have assisted me in countless ways in the creation of the role of Edward de Vere for a local
community theatre company, for which I will be forever grateful.

Are you able to, and could you shed some light upon “Thou art a regular Philomel. Artless and sweet.” ????
Philomel turns up nothing in an internet search but dull references to dead Greeks!

This is a very important line to me, wherein Edward further reveals his true feeling for Will, and I find that not knowing the reference is a distraction to the flow of the scene.

If anyone can help me, or at least point me in the right direction, Gentle Kim, I’m sure it’s you.

I thank you for being so public with your work, and for sharing it like unto a “flaming missive to the future time.”

This site is fascinating! You inspire thoughts of becoming a dramaturg myself. I suppose that it’s a thankless task in the hands of the wrong director or company, but a richly rewarding one with “the Pearl” and Mr. Coleman.

If you’re ever in Wilmington, NC. look me up:

Warmest regards,

Steve Coley

(Humbled to be representing,
in Amy Freed’s “The Beard of Avon”
Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford